Microchipping Event in Consett
Durham County Council and Durham Police have organised a free microchipping event in Consett on the 15th of December. The session has been set up under the Safe Durham Partnership as part of a larger project across England, leading to mandatory chipping of all dogs in England starting April 2016. This change comes with the information that 100,000 dogs are dumped or lost each year, with a total cost to the taxpayer of £57 million – in addition to mandatory chipping the government will allow the police to decide on a case-by-case basis whether a dog needs to be kept from its owners during a court proceeding, in the past all dogs involved in a case would need to be kennelled until the conclusion regardless of if they posed a risk to the public.
It is recommended for both cats and dogs to have devices inserted to ensure their safety. The chips are inserted below the skin at the back of the neck on most cats and dogs; this area is the most suitable because thin layers of tissue grow around the implant and hold it securely in place. The process of microchipping an animal is quick and relatively painless but would usually cost the owner; this scheme allows dogs to have the procedure done for free.
Microchipping allows pets to be identified if they are lost or stolen, without a chip it can be difficult for police or charities to locate the owner of any animal. By making chipping mandatory and offering free sessions like this the government hopes that lost and stolen animals can be returned faster, reducing the cost of housing and caring for lost, stolen, or dumped pets.
The session is taking place Citizens’ House, Station Road on Sunday 15 December between 10am and 2pm. For more information on scheme, please call 0191 375 2650.